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Junior golf

by Gabriel L. Ouzounian

May 23, 2012

The weather was perfect at Fieldstone Golf Course for the 46 participants of the North Oakland Optimist Junior Golf Qualifier on May 5.

Blake Blomberg of Auburn Hills shot a 75 to become the overall top winner in the Boys age 16-18 division. Hailey Bradley of Rochester Hills won the Girls 15-18 division.

Both will head to Meadows of Grand Valley State University June 18-19 for the Michigan Tournament. Their entry fees are sponsored by a generous donation from the North Oakland Community Coalition.

Once there, both Blake and Hailey will compete to earn a coveted spot in the Optimist International Championship at the PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens in July.

In other matches, there was a tie for first place in the Boys 14-15 division. Nazir Jairazbhoy of Farmington Hills and Dylan Deogun of Orchard Lake competed in a double sudden-death playoff. First hole was No. 1, then tying that, they went on to No. 9 where Nazir inched out Dylan to take the trophy and 1st place.

Brendan O'Rourke of Troy won the Boys 12-13; Pierce Morrissey of Stanwood won the Boys 10-11 and the Girls aged 10-12 was won by Moyea Russell of Lake Orion.

In total, 21 junior golfers qualified to advance to the next tournament round.

Optimist Club volunteers from Clarkston and Lake Orion put on the annual event for boys and girls age 10-18.

For more information about this and any Optimist activities, visit MichiganOptimists.org or Optimist.org/GOLF.